Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3798 (Keith T. Smith et al.)

Diffuse interstellar bands as probes of small-scale interstellar structure    [PDF]

Keith T. Smith, Martin A. Cordiner, Peter J. Sarre
We present observations which probe the small-scale structure of the interstellar medium using diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). Towards HD 168075/6 in the Eagle Nebula, significant differences in DIB absorption are found between the two lines of sight, which are separated by 0.25 pc, and {\lambda}5797 exhibits a velocity shift. Similar data are presented for four stars in the {\mu} Sgr system. We also present a search for variations in DIB absorption towards {\kappa} Vel, where the atomic lines are known to vary on scales of ~10 AU. Observations separated by ~9 yr yielded no evidence for changes in DIB absorption strength over this scale, but do reveal an unusual DIB spectrum.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3798

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